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Great new law proposed in Wisconsin, Cats are a big threat to wildlife and songbirds in Indiana-

Wis. Considers Legalizing Cat Hunting

The Associated Press
Tuesday, April 12, 2005; 8:06 AM


MADISON, Wis. - Feline lovers holding pictures of cats, clutching stuffed animals and wearing whiskers faced-off against hundreds of hunters at meetings around Wisconsin to voice their opinion on whether to legalize cat hunting.

Residents in 72 counties were asked whether free-roaming cats - including any domestic cat that isn't under the owner's direct control or any cat without a collar - should be listed as an unprotected species. If listed as so, the cats could be hunted.

The proposal was one of several dozen included in a spring vote on hunting and fishing issues held by the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. The results, only advisory, get forwarded to the state Natural Resources Board.

Statewide results were expected Tuesday.

La Crosse firefighter Mark Smith, 48, helped spearhead the cat-hunting proposal. He wants Wisconsin to declare free-roaming wild cats an unprotected species, just like skunks or gophers. Anyone with a small-game license could shoot the cats at will.

At least two other upper Midwestern states, South Dakota and Minnesota, allow wild cats to be shot - and have for decades. Minnesota defines a wild, or feral, cat as one with no collar that does not show friendly behavior, said Kevin Kyle with that state's Department of Natural Resources.

Every year in Wisconsin alone, an estimated 2 million wild cats kill 47 million to 139 million songbirds, according to state officials. Despite the astounding numbers, Smith's plan has been met with fierce opposition from cat lovers.

Critics of Smith's idea organized Wisconsin Cat-Action Team and developed a Web site - dontshootthecat.com. Some argue it is better to trap wild cats, spay or neuter them, before releasing them.

In Madison, about 1,200 people attended the Monday evening meeting at the Alliant Center - more than the 250 or so in a typical year, but less than the 3,000 or so who took part in a debate in 2000 over whether to allow hunters to shoot mourning doves.

One of the attendees was Katy Francis, who wore cat ears, whiskers, a cat nose and a sign that read, "Too Cute to Kill." For Francis, "The cat hunting thing brought me out because it was very extreme."

Goggleye would ask - what about all the rabbits, quail, robins, wrens etc......
 

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feral cats or house cats if you please. To many people have let there cats roam free and breed now we have all these cats running loose breeding more wild cats and killing anything they can catch. Death to all wild dom.cats that run loose.:evil:
 

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At my house out in the boondocks- there already is an open season on cats:yikes:
My jack russell is an effective cat getter.
 

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From what I understand, feral cats are one of the most destructive animals in nature. Unfortunately, the farms I hunt all have cats roaming around the barns to keep the mice and rats in check. So, the farmer wouldn't appreciate us dispatching them
 

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You have a point there- with property to hunt on as hard as it is to find, it always is important to know what the landowner wants us to do. Barring that cats are an imposed species that are awfully destructive to wildlife.

this is Rose - A cat's worse nightmare:biggrin:
 

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I live 6 miles south of Muncie, in a small little community. I have a 175 gal lawn pond with about 20 fantail gold fish. They range from 2" to 8" in length. Every year after they spawn several times, I usually give 100 to 200 away.

Any hoo, the wild cats in this area seem to think my fish are food. At least once a week I find a cat on my waterfall trying to catch my fish. That's when the ol gun gets to pop off a round. I bet I get 20 cats a year. These cats are huge. Not like the average house cat.

All I got to do is put them in the back yard, and by evening the turkey buzzards will remove them.
If you ask me, I think its about time to start hunting the people that dump their cats off in the country. All them cats do is turn wild, eat & breed.
 

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22 long rifle hollow point. Have to use the rifle with a scope. Can't afford to miss, or the damage to the pond could cause me a ton of work. Besides, Even though I kill em, I don't want them to suffer. One shot, one kill. Head shots only.

I feel bad about killing them but, when it comes to my expensive pond fish being eaten, the cats loose.
 

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goggleye57 said:
......- there already is an open season on cats:yikes:
I always thought Indiana had a season on cats, it's called shoot, shovel, and shut-up!!!!;)
 

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cat season opened about 25yrs. ago when i got my first pump bb gun now i've stepped up a couple of calibers to a 22-250 they drop like a ton of sh..!
 

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gregm said:
I always thought Indiana had a season on cats, it's called shoot, shovel, and shut-up!!!!;)
LOL, I like that!!! Makes me laugh at my sad job, brings the spirits up a bit...
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the only good cat is....

I try to get cats anytime i see them out where their oddy a great distance from a house,but they are hard to get next to ! but they do very much damage to wildlife,too much to be ignored.:bash:
gregm said:
I always thought Indiana had a season on cats, it's called shoot, shovel, and shut-up!!!!;)
 

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coonslayer21 said:
what would ya'll do with a dead cat skin it??
I worked with a guy that had a cat skin. He brought it to work one day. He could put his hand in it like a puppet. He had one hand in it and the other hand petting it. Walked up to people, mostly women, and acted like the cat was going wild. Scared the crap out of them!!! :yikes: It was hilarious. :evilsmile
 
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